Drivers in Walton in Surrey are sure to beware when leaving their cars anywhere near the town centre after the local council handed out more than 1,000 parking tickets on a single street.
A spokesperson for Elmbridge Borough Council said striking a balance with parking fines was “tricky” to achieve.
They pointed out that visitors to Walton have the option of three different car parks.
The council also said that because the restrictions are in place 24 hours a day, that meant they issued more tickets than other areas.
And they laid much of the blame at the feet of local food establishments.
The spokesperson said: “The balance parking restrictions hope to achieve is tricky.
“Residents want the traffic to flow, businesses need the loading access and they also need their customers to easily access their premises.
“Walton-on-Thames town centre is served by three council car parks, plus other private car parks. Parking on the high street is limited.
“We often find that people tend to illegally park in order to collect food orders from the take away food businesses on the high street and that non-delivery vehicles park in the loading bays.”
In the last year councils have given out parking fines to Food bank charity employees, vaccine volunteers and doctors.
Another council hoisted cars on a residential street before painting yellow lines under them and then issuing them with tickets.
Warrington Borough council issued market traders with scores of tickets while they unloaded their goods to sell.
And Bury council gave a disabled elderly woman a ticket while she got her booster jab.